Interoperability of Global Environmental Research Infrastructures (GERI)

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04 Dec 2019

Interoperability of Global Environmental Research Infrastructures (GERI)

Submitted by Siddeswara Guru

Meeting objectives: 

The alignment of Research Infrastructures for effective data management and adhering to FAIR principle is critical for international collaboration in research, innovation and global-scale problem-solving. This will enable open access to high-quality data complying to the data management policies of the research infrastructures. Following are the objectives of the meeting:

  • Sharing information on GERI and its aim

  • Discuss and review challenges for data and information sharing between Research infrastructures

  • Discuss scenarios and use cases where collaboration between research infrastructures are useful

  • Discuss challenges for the implementation of FAIR open data policy in GERI. We hope to start an RDA Interest Group to continue the partnership between the research infrastructures to make data openly access for international collaboration and scientific innovation.

Meeting agenda: 

The meeting will have presentations and group discussions. Representatives from different research infrastructures will give a short introduction to provide an overview of their research infrastructure. The group discussion will focus on: 

  • unravelling impediments for reusing data from different RI, 

  • making data discoverable and accessible across GERI, 

  • standards for data exchanges for better understanding and harmonisation, and

  • services to access data. 

The group discussion will also delve into alignment with different RDA IGs/WGs to address some of the challenges

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

Six continental-scale Environmental Research Infrastructures (ERIs) have been meeting since 2016  to advance the development of the Global Environmental Research Infrastructure (GERI). The ERIs are NEON (USA), SAEON (South Africa), eLTER (Europe), ICOS (Europe), CERN (China) and TERN (Australia), . The ERIs have (i) defined the process needed to federate the ERIs globally (roadmap), and (ii) defined the steps needed to realize a governance structure to meet these ends. At their most recent meeting in June 2019 at Boulder in the US, participants agreed upon a group vision statement as well as project development timeline and phases. The GERI purpose is to facilitate a Global Environmental Research infrastructure.

This effort reflects the current transition across many countries of observational networks and projects towards stable research infrastructures. The GERI founders advocate cooperation and common activities among Research Infrastructures that have already achieved a high internal organization and legal structure, but also exchange of experience with, and support for networks that have only recently initiated this process.

The vision of the GERI is to provide and advocate for a global Research Infrastructure providing terrestrial and coastal in-situ observations from a high number of observational sites, organized in a common hierarchical system and standardized in the highest possible degree. To achieve this vision, one of the key values of GERI is the exchange and findability of data of high quality emanating from a global network of ecological research infrastructures.

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